The following information is from a news release by the Idaho Citizens Coalition on May 19.
ONTARIO — Following Gov. Little’s veto of a bill to make the practice illegal, marijuana reformers establish Oregon’s first signing station at Treasure Valley Cannabis Company. The station is named after two Idaho lawmakers who tried to make out-of-state petitioning illegal, according to a news release from the Idaho Citizens Coalition.
The Lodge/Crane Idaho Marijuana Petitioning Station is set up at Treasure Valley Cannabis Company, one of Ontario’s nine dispensaries. The group will be staffing the station with Idaho volunteers to collect signatures for two marijuana petitions aiming for the November 2022 ballot.
Sen. Patti Anne Lodge introduced Senate Bill 1150, which would have required all Idaho initiative petitions to be signed within the state of Idaho. Rep. Brent Crane then amended the bill to provide exceptions for members of the military and religious missionaries who were serving out of state to assuage opponents in the House.
The amended bill was vetoed by Gov. Brad Little; with Deputy Attorney General Robert A. Berry stating that the bill would likely be found unconstitutional “because it likely discriminates against an identifiable class of voters without sufficient justification.”
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